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Ralph Waldschmidt

May 26, 1931 — October 24, 2021

Ralph Waldschmidt


Ralph T. Waldschmidt, age 90, of Ellis, Kansas passed away Sunday, October 24, 2021 at Hays Medical Center. He was born May 26, 1931 in Ellis, Kansas to Herman and Pauline (Boos) Waldschmidt.

Ralph graduated from Ellis High School in 1949 and was a US Army veteran proudly serving his country in Korea in 1952-1953. On January 25, 1955 he married Dorothy (Helget) at St. Marys Church in Ellis.

Ralph had worked for Nicholson Brothers Lumber, Travenol and retired from Ellis County Road and Bridge Department. He was a member of St. Marys Church, Ellis VFW, and a 3rd degree Ellis Knights of Columbus member. He enjoyed drawing, carving, collecting coins and rocks, Notre Dame football, attending Ellis High School sporting events and especially those his grandchildren participated in.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years Dorothy of the home in Ellis; three daughters, Denise Jeffus and husband Michael of Hays, Andrea Wolf and husband Jack of Ellis and Wendy Honas and husband Randy of Ellis; a brother, Leo Waldschmidt of Wichita, a sister, Marilyn Walters of Walla Walla, Washington; six grandchildren, Andy Jeffus, Aaron Jeffus, Haley Wolf, Taylor Honas, Samuel Honas and Toby Honas; a brother-in-law, Dick Rodriguez of Rolla, Kansas and a sister-in-law, June Waldschmidt of Derby, Kansas.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jack Waldschmidt; a sister, Catherine Rodriguez; a brother-in-law, Dick Walters and a sister-in-law, Joyce Waldschmidt.

Due to Covid concerns the Funeral Mass at St. Marys Church and Burial at the Kansas State Veterans Cemetery in WaKeeney will be private family only.

The Funeral Mass may be viewed on Facebook Live on Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 10:30 AM. To view online please go to and select the Facebook Live tab at the top of the page. Once the service starts the video will come on live.

Memorial contributions are suggested to HaysMed Hospice or St. Marys Church in Ellis, Kansas. Donations made payable to the organization may be sent in care of Keithley Funeral Homes PO Box 86 Hays, KS 67601.

Condolences may be left by guest book at or by email at

Arrangements in care of Keithley Funeral Chapel of Ellis.


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October 28, 2021

10:30 AM

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